Susan Elwart Hall: Painting 24/7 — well, almost

by Linda Hubbard on April 7, 2011

Artist Susan Elwart Hall has been painting full time for less than a decade, so that may be a factor in her seemingly nonstop pursuit.

“I’m in my studio seven days a week,” she says, surrounded by her art, currently on display through April 30 at Viewpoints Gallery. “Three days I go to school — I’m studying with Bob Gerbracht. I’ve started to do plein air painting and am outside three days a week for six to eight hours. I’ll still be in my studio at 2:00 am.

“I have a twin sister. She says, ‘You don’t get much sleep.’ But I’m happiest when I’m painting. And luckily my husband is very supportive.”

Nesting (detail) by Susan HallThe Menlo Park resident came to the Bay Area from Southern California (where she’d worked for Disney) to go to interior design school. That led to the opening of Susan Hall Studio where she specialized in doing murals and custom-designed wallpaper. She and her husband also operated a bed and breakfast in Palo Alto, The Victorian on Lytton, for 20 years.

“The house was built in 1895, and we restored it,” she says. “Our garden had 2,000 English plants and most of our clients were business travelers. A toilet tank flooded the inn in 2006, and we called it quits. It’s now the Women’s Resource Center.”

Susan says she’s always tinkered with painting, working with oil in an impressionistic style. Her subjects are as wide ranging as her interests — still life, portraiture, figurative and plein air landscapes. She recently won Best Small Painting in the Blossom Art of the Flowers II competition.

There will be a reception to meet Susan at Viewpoints Gallery on Sunday, April 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Gallery is located at 315 State St. in Los Altos.

Nesting (details) used with permission of artist and gallery.

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